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The need to sanitize the things we touch and frequent handwashing has served to remind us of exactly how many surfaces we touch in a day, and how many people those surfaces other people touch. Many are obvious: doorknobs, hand railings, elevator buttons, faucets, cash, etc. With nonessential…

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Driving by the parking lot is almost empty and no one is seen entering or leaving the building. Compared to the usual hustle and bustle, the Fergus Falls YMCA looks abandoned. The question, “What is going on at the Y?” was asked the other day. 

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The 2020 Census is in full swing. While April 1, 2020, is officially Census Day, you still have time and multiple ways to fill out your census. Everyone counts! 

Christopher Swanson, BFA, APMA, CRPC, a financial advisor with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., in Fergus Falls, has achieved the professional designation of chartered retirement planning counselorSM  (CRPC) through The Coll…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends straightforward cleaning measures to reduce our chances of contracting COVID-19. Follow the simple tips below to ensure your home stays as safe and healthy as possible. 

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Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday conceded that it was unlikely that school buildings, which he’d ordered closed through early May, will reopen this school year as the state works to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

There is little that grows in the land of the north that rivals the refreshing flavor of the wild blueberry.  For several days in mid-late summer, my father would awaken my brother and me, and we would drive one hour north to the large pine forests in search of these wild delicacies. These b…

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Today, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the Governor’s Fishing Opener celebrations will be postponed until next May. The event was to be held in Otter Tail County May 7-10, 2020. The event was appropriately postponed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Minnesota fishing opener …

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The sound of shattering glass rings through an area. The riffs of an undeniably familiar rock song follows and a bald man in jeans comes out cursing, spewing beer and looking like a tough SOB. It’s wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin strutting down to the ring. He grabs the mic and begi…

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As COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to rise, Minnesota officials on Wednesday said they were still working to secure needed testing supplies and get unemployment checks to people as quickly as possible.

The International Board of Directors of the Sons of Norway is pleased to announce Christopher Pinkerton has been named CEO of the organization. The board has evaluated the leadership needs for the growth of the organization and combined the current role of the CEO and the COO into one positi…

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Lakeland Mental Health Center (LMHC) in Fergus Falls is continuing to provide services to its clients through the COVID-19 pandemic as it is considered an essential service under EEO 20-20 ordered by Gov. Tim Walz on March 25. “We are here for our clients and our community during this whole …

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The conference call with the governor came at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.  Superintendents don’t receive calls from the state on Sunday mornings.  Our suspicions were quickly confirmed - we were directed by Gov. Tim Walz to close our doors from March 18 through March 27 to allow us time to p…

Andrew Saul, commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of …

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Last week I was driving home from work. This was during lunchtime and I was looking to see what my wife and kids were up to. About halfway home, I notice a van parked on ahead with a man running out with bagged lunches to deliver to the house. I knew that this was someone from the school bri…

Many times, I think my friends are somewhat annoyed when I say, “You know, you can actually make that yourself?” Often, we need a reminder that almost everything we eat was at one point, made in a home kitchen! How about granola bars, chocolate syrup and spreadable butter??? My friends say, …

We upper-Midwesterners are an independent breed, aren’t we? Known for our work ethic, many of us are by nature or necessity, do-it-yourselfers, used to getting our hands dirty. My upbringing was no different, having grown up locally with my parents’ building construction business as a daily …

An opportunity is coming April 18 for those who want to make a statement in the world of trash fashion.

When looking for the finishing touch on my bathroom beautification project, I struggled to find the storage containers to put out on display. Nothing would match my color selections and I got frustrated.  Then I got the most delightful and inspiring Christmas gift, my co-worker gave me a hom…

Barnesville-based Junkyard Chicks has turned do-it-yourself into a group activity with their sign painting parties, hosted 3-4 times a month around Clay and Otter Tail counties including Fergus Falls, Perham, Fargo/Moorhead, Downer and Barnesville, in addition to private events.

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The Fergus Falls Public Library, in compliance with Minnesota’s stay-at-home order​, will be closed until April 13, at which time we will reassess services based on updated recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health.

When architects purchase a modest 1970s rambler and transform it into a hideaway inspired by nature, you can expect to see some dramatic interventions. Such is the case with the home of Darryl Booker and Joan Vorderbruggen in Battle Lake, Minn. Guided by the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv,…

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It is very important to remember that children look to adults for how to react during stressful times. With the COVID-19 virus gaining international media attention, information about the pandemic is everywhere. 

Good for you that your financially in a “good place.” Unfortunately, many are not and the need is great. If you don’t need it take and give it to people and organizations who do. The government has asked people to close businesses; people are out of work. I think its only right they help peo…

The Rothsay community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on March 19 at Rothsay School which helped collect a total of 23 units of blood products for patients in need. 

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread as more businesses are required to temporarily close. Having to close or reduce operating time, along with reduced business generally, is also cutting into labor hours and a record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment the week b…

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In an interactive video conference carried out Monday at the Otter Tail County Courthouse, Judge Barbara Hanson sentenced Bobbie Christine Bishop to 10 years of prison in Shakopee for the murder of 6-year-old Justis Burland.

Missing sports? I am as well. But by not having baseball, basketball or hockey on the screen, I dug into my DVDs and grabbed some classic sports movies.

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) and a coalition of distilleries in Minneapolis including Tattersall Distilling, Du Nord Craft Spirits and Brother Justus Whiskey, are pleased to announce a partnership to provide Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) with 125 gallons of hand sanitizer beginning next week.

More than half of Minnesota's counties, urban and rural alike, now have confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the state moves into its first workweek of stay-at-home orders.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has notified Otter Tail County of its first lab confirmed case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The adult patient was tested and is now in isolation at home and is being monitored by the Minnesota Department of Health. The patient did have recent inter…

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Emergency responders county wide, local hospitals and health care providers are running low on personal protective equipment (PPE). These items are needed to keep individuals safe as they continue to provide essential services that protect our residents. Otter Tail County is accepting donati…

If we could create a recipe for more Elizabeth Hatling’s, this world would be a much better place. A talented chef and musician, she lives a humble, beauty-seeking life in this chaotic world. Elizabeth looks at life as a journey, not with a final destination or goal in mind, but instead enjo…

With the Pisgah Dam just outside the window and the Otter Tail River Reservoir to the east, enjoying a beer at Fergus Brewing proved to be a serene and meditative event. Clean white walls, warm wood beams and sun streaming through multiple windows enhanced that impression.

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During March, thousands of local students will celebrate Music in the Schools Month. Add to that the various musical offerings at A Center for the Arts and the Fergus Falls Concert Association. The many orchestra, band and choral concerts proudly proclaim our community’s love of fine music, …